Over the course of 2013, HBGC worked with a consultant from Third Sector New England to develop a strategic direction for the next three to five years. This marked the first time in our four-year history that we have undergone deliberate, long-term planning. We engaged various stakeholders, including board and community members, funders, staff, and volunteers, to arrive at a streamlined set of priorities. Building on our existing effective programming in four central areas – Youth and Young Adult Development, Education, Community Building and Engagement, and Community Organizing – we seek to continue to confront institutional, societal, and cultural oppression of Black and Latin@ LGBTQ people by engaging in far-reaching acts of advocacy and activism. Through a series of targeted focus groups, we refined our vision and set goals, and we will finalize work plans around these goals to be put into action in early 2014. To ensure our impact is lasting, our strategic planning also focused on organizational capacity. HBGC looks forward to strengthening existing partnerships and creating new ones to make this work possible for Black and Latin@ LGBTQ communities.